Our mission is . . .
to create a community of communities living in intimacy with God and each other, experiencing and expressing the reality of following Jesus, within the world around us.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
I. WE BELIEVE each human being is made in God’s image and likeness. That image and likeness confers a divinely decreed dignity, worth, and God-given equality to all of us as children of the one God who is the Creator of all things. Our participation in the global community of Christ absolutely prevents any toleration of bigotry. Racial justice and healing are biblical and theological issues for us, and are central to the mission of the body of Christ in the world.
II. WE BELIEVE we are one body. In Christ, there is to be no oppression based on race, gender, identity, or class. The body of Christ, where those great human divisions are to be overcome, is meant to be an example for the rest of society. When we fail to overcome these oppressive obstacles, and even perpetuate them, we have failed in our vocation to the world—to proclaim and live the reconciling gospel of Christ.
III. WE BELIEVE that God calls us to protect and seek justice for those who are poor and vulnerable, and our treatment of people who are “oppressed,” “strangers,” “outsiders,” or otherwise considered “marginal” is a test of our relationship to God, who made us all equal in divine dignity and love. If our gospel is not “good news to the poor,” it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
IV. WE BELIEVE that truth is morally central to our personal and public lives. Truth-telling is central to the prophetic biblical tradition, whose vocation includes speaking the Word of God into their societies and speaking the truth to power. A commitment to speaking truth is foundational to shared trust in society. The search and respect for truth is crucial to anyone who follows Christ
V. WE BELIEVE that Christ’s way of leadership is servanthood, not domination. We support democracy, not because we believe in human perfection, but because we do not. The authority of government is instituted by God to order an unredeemed society for the sake of justice and peace, but ultimate authority belongs only to God.
VI. WE BELIEVE Jesus when he tells us to go into all nations making disciples. Our churches and our nations are part of an international community whose interests always surpass national boundaries. We in turn should love and serve the world and all its inhabitants rather than to seek first narrow nationalistic prerogatives.
WHAT WE VALUE
Our community places the highest value on the Living God. We seek to more fully bring God’s presence and will into the world by pursuing a set of values that flow out of God’s very nature. It is our experience with God through following Jesus, that shapes the way we relate to our world. As a community, our identity is a reflection of how we have been shaped by God’s character and the ways that we have been called to reflect that character out into our world.
Below are four value statements that serve as road markers on our journey towards being love in the world.
We honor JUSTICE
God is the God of Justice. He has created the world with a sense of balance and a desire for equality among all people. As a reflection of God’s justice, we seek to interfere with injustice in our world. We seek to make God’s nature more fully present, especially for those who are suffering as a result of human inequity.
We walk in TRUTH
God is the source of all that is true in this world. All truth flows from God’s truth. To encounter God is to encounter the ultimate reality of what it means to live a human life. Our community values all truth. We seek to integrate it into our understanding of God and His created world. We follow three main portals in our pursuit of God’s truth: the Bible, the Tradition of the Church (past and present), and our shared human experience.
We embrace BEAUTY
The essence of God is beautiful! That beauty is reflected in the created world and in our own creativity in the world. To allow beauty to enter our hearts allows our hearts to experience hope and healing. It can serve as a powerful pointer toward God’s presence. We seek to support and encourage the creation of beauty in our world.
We choose INTIMACY
God exists in intimate community within himself. Each one of us was designed with the ability to connect intimately with God in our spirits. We experience wholeness and stability in our world when we are connected with God. This connection allows us to share life with others in deeply authentic and intimate ways. We seek to model lives that are whole and intimately tied to God in a moment-by-moment way.